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Yesterday: Bangor area news from 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago

Carroll Hall | BDN
Carroll Hall | BDN
The islands and rugged coastline of Blue Hill Bay are described by playwright Samuel Taylor (right) to composer Richard Rodgers on Aug. 14, 1961. The men were collaborating on a new musical comedy at Taylor’s summer home in East Blue Hill, which Rodgers called “the last place in the world to be writing a show with a Paris locale.” The work became “No Strings,” the 1962 play about love among expatriates in France.


10 years ago — Aug. 18, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

NEWBURGH — Ricky Craven, the final driver to make an attempt, knocked sentimental favorite Bill Elliott off the pole in qualifying for the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Craven gave second-year Winston Cup owner Cal Wells his first pole with a lap of 188.127 mph, about 3 mph slower than Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s top speed at the track last year. It is Craven’s fourth career pole in 167 Winston Cup races.

Craven, from Newburgh, had been a good qualifier at Michigan International Speedway. This will be his fourth top-five start in the last six Winston Cup races at Michigan.

LEVANT — Dean Treworgy leaned over the coin-operated snack dispenser, trying to figure out how to put it back together after reloading it with feed for the petting zoo at the Treworgy Family Orchard. Behind him was the fenced-in zoo and behind that, an apple orchard, pumpkin patch and a very odd-looking stand of corn — a maze.

Treworgy was eager to show off the cornfield planted in a maze. Any resemblance to the maze featured in the 1980 thriller “The Shining,” with Jack Nicholson, is rudimentary. The idea of the corn maze is to have some nice, clean, family fun.

25 years ago — Aug. 18, 1986

BANGOR — More than 200 young equestrians from Biddeford to Presque Isle took part in the third annual Junior Horseman’s Team Tournament at Bass Park. The emphasis was on camaraderie rather than competition during the two-day event.

The Maine Morgan Youth Club of the Bangor area won first place in the stable management competition. The Maine Arabian Youth Club of the Bangor area captured second place.

HAMPDEN — Planners of Hampden’s Children’s Day were a little disappointed when rain threatened their annual parade, chicken barbecue and field activities. Children’s Day was the eighth annual event and the first to be marred by rainy weather, said organizer Dave Bellamy. Still, the day was a success for those who marched in the parade and those who stayed to watch, with umbrellas in hand and rain gear ready.

BANGOR — You can call them frankfurters, frankforters, frankfurts, frankforts, franks, wieners, sausages, bangers, links or hot dogs. They come in all shapes and sizes, lengths and widths. You can get them made with beef, pork, chicken, turkey or any combination thereof. In one Bangor supermarket you can buy hot dogs made by Jordan’s C.H. Rice Division, W.A. Bean and Sons, Hormel, Food Club, Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National Kosher Foods, Maple Leaf, Kahn, Colonial, Kirschner, Charter Foods, Longacre Family, Weaver, Perdue, Louis Rich, Armour and Nepco.

50 years ago — Aug. 18, 1961

BANGOR — Telephone uses in the general Penobscot County area about next February are going to become mighty number-conscious. That’s because the listings in the next Bangor district telephone directory will be new, meaning your telephone number is going to be new.

Each number will consist of seven numerals, eliminating the familiar use of the alphabet. Gone will be such central office designations as EMpire for Newport, PArk in Millinocket, SWift in Lincoln. Banished from the scene will be Bradford’s DA, Bicksport’s HO, East Milllinocket’s PI and Winterport’s BA. Also gone will be the four-digit numbers, many of which are now in use in Bangor and Brewer.

Only towns without dial service, such as Hampden and Etna, will not get the seven-digit number.

BANGOR — National honors have come to two Maine water ski stylists — 14-year-old Robert “Skip” Smaha of Bangor and Herbert “Lucky” Coffin, the 37-year-old Brewer campaigner. Young Smaha and Coffin have been named after qualifying for the North American Water Skiing Championships to be held in September at Mirror Lake, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Coffin took up water skiing two years ago on his 35th birthday. In two short years he has annexed the veteran’s title in Maine for slalom and jumping competitions. He enters the North American with a rating of master, the zenith for competitive water skiing.

“Skip” Smaha, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smaha, is the past eastern regional junior boys champion and only recently set an all-time junior boys and men’s slalom record for Maine at 37 consecutive buoys at 26, 28, 30, 32 and 34 mph.

OLD TOWN — Miss Erline A. Merritt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Merritt, 286 South Water St., had received a three-year scholarship from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland.

Miss Merritt was a member of the 1961 graduating class at John Bapst High School in Bangor.

An honor student at St. Joseph’s Parish School in Old Town, Miss Merritt won a four-year scholarship to attend John Bapst High School four years ago.

100 years ago — Aug. 18, 1911

BUCKSPORT — The walls of the new Bucksport National Bank Building are growing each day. The masons expect to finish the work by the middle of next week.

A very pretty christening took place recently at Verona at the summer residence of Mrs. A. Auto of Randolph, Mass., when the motor boat owned by Merle Abbott was named. There were about 25 guests present and each guest wrote a name which was placed in a hat. Master Ned Whitmore drew the name “Venus,” written by Mrs. Alberti. The boat was presented with two flags, colored lights and a whistle.

Sandwiches, cake and punch were served by the hostess and the customary bottle of champagne was broken over the bow by Mrs. Ida McCarty of Randolph, Mass.

OLD TOWN — Miss Maude L. Gould and Marie Mishou have returned from their automobile trip through Aroostook County, going as far as Littleton. They were gone a week and report a very pretty and pleasant trip.

BREWER — The committee in charge of publishing the Library Cook Book report a good sale of the edition. There were 300 books issued and all but 50 of the books are now in the hands of housekeepers in this vicinity.


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